In what can only be described as a good move, British Airways will be shifting its Dublin and Belfast City flights from from Heathrow Terminal 1 to Heathrow Terminal 5.
Both will move on the 5th October 2014 as Terminal 1 continues its wind-down in operations as the new Terminal 2 (The Queens Terminal – or The Star Alliance Hub).
British Airways operate up to 6 flights a day to/from Belfast and up to 8 flights a day to Dublin (also, there routes wee previously operated by British Midland before they were swallowed up by IAG – BA’s owners).
The airline operates a mixture of Airbus A319s, A320s and A321s on this route.
Apart from the obvious move for BA due to T1 starting to close down and T2 opening (where as a oneworld member, it’s as welcome as a bull in a china shop), this has major upsides for those who are transiting through Heathrow T5, as it abolishes the bus transfer from T1 (or if you’re unlucky like me – having to transit through the public areas, an airside transit and then re-clear T5 security – see my thoughts here when I had the unfortunate luck to transit).
Those transiting to T3 will still have a pain to go through, but at least its slightly better organised for transiting to other terminals at T5.
Another feature for those travelling in UK Business or Club Europe (or those travelling with BA Gold, Silver or Oneworld Emerald or Sapphire) is that you will be able to access the full BA lounges – as opposed “The London Room” (as it was known in BMI days), with a wider range of facilities.
Expect more announcements as T2 comes online and T1 slowly becomes a much quieter place…